2nd Dec, 2021

FOOTBALL - Godden scores injury-time winner for 10-man Sky Blues

MATTY Godden’s injury-time winner secured a sensational 3-2 win for Coventry City against Bristol City – twice coming from behind after Ian Maatsen’s first-half dismissal.

 

Godden struck in the 92nd minute having earlier levelled from the penalty spot before Callum O’Hare score a second equaliser on 74 minutes.

 

The visitors took the lead in first-half stoppage time through Chris Martin’s penalty before Andreas Weimann restored their lead in the 68th minute.

 

Sky Blues wing-back Maatsen was sent off prior to the Robins opener for pulling down Callum O’Dowda in the box.

 

But Mark Robins’ side came roaring back in the second period to secure a memorable win at the death and maintain their promotion charge.

 

The victory means Coventry sit fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table – heading into the international break – four points clear of the teams outside of the play-off places.

 

After a slow start, the game burst into life when Martin’s ball looked to release O’Dowda in the box only for Maatsen to haul the winger down before he could reach the pass.

 

Referee Jeremy Simpson was left with no choice but to show Maatsen a red card with Martin slamming the resulting spot kick into the right side of the goal to put the visitors ahead.

 

And shortly after half-time the Sky Blues were awarded a penalty of their own when Viktor Gyokeres drove into the box before being pulled down by Zak Vyner.

 

Godden confidently dispatched the penalty into the bottom right corner on 51 minutes – despite Robins keeper Daniel Bentley getting his fingertips to the ball – to bring City level.

 

The away side reclaimed the lead when Han-Noah Massengo’s shot from distance was parried by Moore into the path of Martin who squared for Weimann to finish into an empty net.

 

But the visitors lead did not last long as O’Hare collected a loose ball in the box before flashing an effort across goal into the bottom left corner for his first of the season.

 

And just when Coventry fans thought they had seen it all – Godden snatched all three points in injury-time.

 

Liam Kelly slipped a pass into the striker’s path down the right-hand side of the penalty area before Godden produced a clinical finish into the bottom left corner to send the CBS Arena wild.

 

The win was just reward for Coventry who refused to lie down despite playing with 10-men for the entirety of the second-half.

 

Coventry are next in action against Sheffield United on Saturday, November 20 with kick-off at Bramall Lane at 12:30pm.

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